Dr Rita Rockliff


Rita Rockliff is from Brazil, where she grew up with a dream to be a dentist and attended  Lutheran University of Brazil where she obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery with honours in 2001.


While working in Brazil, Rita’s dream was to raise her family in Australia. After working in Brazil, Rita moved to New Zealand in 2003 and worked as a dental hygienist and assistant before settling on the Sunshine Coast with her family in 2006. She has worked in private practices in Birtinya, Maroochydore and Gympie.


Rita is passionate about providing her patients with excellent standard of care in all aspects; she seeks to understand their overall general health, wellbeing and lifestyle in order to plan treatment that will have a positive impact on their long term health. She enjoys all areas of dentistry, with particular interest in rehabilitative and cosmetic dentistry. Rita is passionate about her patients gaining confidence in their smile.


Rita is very excited to be part of the Avenue Dental team and said “I feel very fortunate to be part of the Avenue Dental family. The team is committed to providing the best ever dental experience for our patients and make coming to work every day positive and fun through our amazing culture.”


Rita has written a few articles over the years with emphasis in prevention and education in dental health. She held an educational business parallel to her day time job to bring speakers and promote courses in Australia. Rita values giving back to the community, she was involved in helping the local charities such as Sunny Kids and Steps charity by volunteering her time to educating on oral health.


In her advanced education, Rita completed extended courses in Laser Dentistry, Invisalign and braces, Cosmetic dentistry, Smile Design and mostly to keep patients at ease with confidence and comfort.


Outside of dentistry, Rita enjoys spending time with her family. She lives a very healthy lifestyle and will often be exercising at the F45 gyms and practicing yoga and meditation. She also has a hidden talent of painting, and loves to explore the culinary world. Rita likes to travel the world and her favourite holidays are at the snow with her family.


Rita has a very positive energy and values influencing her colleagues and patients to be the best version of themselves.